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Top secret Israeli oil firm to pay $30m for catastrophic spill in landmark case – Haaretz / YNET

In 2014, some 5 million liters of crude oil leaked into the Evrona Nature Reserve in what is considered to be one of Israel’s worst ecological disasters Zafrir Rinat | Nov. 7, 2019 | 12:48 PM Israel’s state-owned Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Company will pay 100 million shekels (approximately $30 million) in compensation for one of the […]

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Egypt’s environmental agency files complaint due to Red Sea crude oil pollution – Egypt Independent

November 10, 2019 Al-Masry Al-Youm The Red Sea Regional Branch of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in Hurghada will file a legal complaint against the General Petroleum Company (GPC) in Ras Ghareb for polluting the Ras Ghareb Corniche Beach with crude oil and harming the environment, environmental activists said on Sunday. The agency will […]

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Study draws attention to groundwater depletion – Jordan Times

Nov 15,2019 AMMAN — In the framework of the celebration of 60 years of Jordanian-German Development Cooperation, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, together with the German Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), have launched a study on groundwater resources in Jordan. Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abul Saud opened the conference together […]

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Energy Ministry signs agreement to finance installation of solar cells, heaters – Jordan Times

Nov 13,2019 AMMAN — The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Jordan Islamic Bank on Wednesday signed an agreement to facilitate the financing of the fourth phase of a programme to instal solar cells and heaters through banks and micro-finance institutions (MFIs), at a 30 per cent subsidy rate, according to a ministry […]

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Jordan imported 272,000 barrels of oil from Iraq in October — Energy minister – Jordan Times

Nov 04,2019 AMMAN — Jordan imported 272,000 barrels of oil via 1,088 tankers from Iraq in October under a deal the two countries signed in February, Energy Minister Hala Zawati said on Monday. The total amount of oil imported from Iraq in October stood at 36,400 tonnes, which were transferred from the Baiji refinery to […]

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Water, energy security tied to sustainable development — Abul Saud – Jordan Times

Nov 04,2019 AMMAN —The water sector consumes some 14 per cent of the total energy used in the Kingdom, Water Minister Raed Abul Saud said on Monday. He added that ensuring water and energy security is a “basic requirement” for achieving sustainable development. Deputising for Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, Abul Saud attended the opening of […]

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Settlers flood sewage into Palestinian groves near Nablus – WAFA

NABLUS, Sunday, October 27, 2019 (WAFA) – Illegal Jewish settlers last night flooded sewage into groves belonging to Palestinian farmers near the village of Deir al-Hatab, to the east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, local sources said. Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that farmers from Deir al-Hatab […]

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Academics step up legal battle against Negev water polluters – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 10/29/2019 The first-of-its-kind lawsuit, pitting academics against alleged major polluters, has been described as the largest environmental class action in Israel’s history. A team of leading Israeli academics is intensifying its legal efforts to secure damages exceeding NIS 1 billion for the alleged chemical contamination of two bodies of water in Israel’s […]

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Alexandria at risk of submersion by 2050: study – Egypt Independent

New research reveals that Alexandria will be threatened by submersion by 2050 as a result of climate change. The number of people stated to be at risk of sumbersion as a result of rising sea levels due to melting glaciers by 2050 has tripled since previous research, the new study showed. The New York Times […]

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Northern Jordan gets two solar power stations – Jordan Times

Oct 29,2019 AMMAN — Deputising for Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, Energy Minister Hala Zawati on Tuesday inaugurated two 50-megawatt solar power stations in northern Jordan, at a cost of $180 million. Zawati, during the ceremony, highlighted the importance of Empire Al Mafraq Solar PV Project’s two stations, owned by the Saudi renewable energy solutions provider […]

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Jordan’s water share per capita ‘one of lowest in world’ — official – Jordan Times

Oct 31,2019 AMMAN — The water share per capita in Jordan has declined remarkably over the past decades to reach less than 100 cubic metres per year, one of the lowest levels worldwide, said Zarqa Miyahuna Director Jiryes Dababneh. Delivering a lecture on Tuesday titled “Water resources in Jordan”, which was held during a two-day […]

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GAM, environment society roll out paper waste segregation drive – Jordan Times

By Maria Weldali – Oct 28,2019 AMMAN — A paper waste management project was launched on Sunday in Jubaiha as part of the second phase of a programme raising awareness on waste segregation. The project is being carried out by the Environment Studies and Awareness Department at the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) in cooperation with […]

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Japanese-funded cistern project in secondary schools in Hebron and Bethlehem completed – WAFA

RAMALLAH, Monday, October 28, 2019 (WAFA) – Masayuki Magoshi, Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs and Representative of Japan to Palestine, visited Bethlehem Governorate today to celebrate the completion of cistern project funded by the Government of Japan through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with the presence of Bethlehem Governor Kamel Hmeid. […]

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Young activists embark on 300km Climate March across Jordan – Jordan Times

March starts at Middle East University in Amman, ends at Aqaba castle By Johanna Montanari – Oct 31,2019 AMMAN — Young people on Wednesday set off on this year’s Climate March, which will take them 300 kilometres in total walking from Amman to Aqaba, to highlight the role of Jordanian youth in establishing an environmentally […]

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Brazilian soccer legend Cafu works with Israeli company to protect Amazon – Jerusalem Post

By EYTAN HALON 10/30/2019 The company is now partnering with leading figures and sports clubs to help spread awareness about sustainable activities. Brazilian soccer legend Cafu has partnered with Israeli sustainability start-up VeganNation in an ambitious initiative to protect the endangered Amazon Rainforest. Cafu, who captained the Brazilian national team to World Cup glory in […]

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Water Security in Jordan – UNESCO

Elias Mechael Salameh University of Jordan Musa Shteiwi University of Jordan UNESCO International Centre for Water Security and Sustainable Management (i-WSSM), 125, Yuseong-daero 1689 Beon-gil, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, Republic of Korea. abstract: To secure water resources and achieve their continuous flow in arid and semi-arid areas of the globe is a highly challenging task because one […]

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Security of Water Infrastructures against Sabotage and Damage in Jordan – Unesco

Ghaida Abdallat and Rakez Al-Zareer Ghaida Abdallat, Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), University of Jordan. e-mail: ghidaaabdallat@yahoo.com Rakez Al-Zareer, CSS, University abstract: Due to regional instability in the Middle East (Syrian and Iraqi wars), which were connected to many threats and damage to the critical water infrastructures and resources in Jordan by individuals and/or terrorist […]

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Noble Energy ‘grossly underestimating’ pollution impact on Israel’s environment, study says – YNET

Study recommends company immediately reassess current drilling site; natural gas platform continues to be by far country’s most polluting facility, emitting over half of Israel’s carcinogenic benzene pollution I24News|Published: 10.23.19 New research suggests that Noble Energy, the gas company in charge of the “Leviathan” natural gas site off Israel’s western coast, is “grossly underestimating” its […]

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Israel eyes sunlight to power whole country – YNET

With the Arava region of southern Israel close to its goal of being completely reliant on solar energy during daytime hours, the team behind this achievement is now lobbying for legislation that would make whole country 100% solar energy-reliant in daylight by 2030 The Media Line|Published: 10.26.19 The Arava region of southern Israel, which includes […]

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Environment Ministry approved 1,760 projects since beginning of 2019 – Jordan Times

JT – Oct 23,2019 AMMAN — The Ministry of Agriculture and Environment on Wednesday said it has granted environmental approvals to a total of 1,760 out of 2,123 projects submitted since the beginning of 2019. The ministry also said that the projects accredited covered a variety of sectors, including industry, agriculture and services, the Jordan […]

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